This model is from the 1954 3A instruction manual, the Motor Tricycle Delivery Van. Most of the parts were from a light red and green No. 4 Electrikit set given to me by a kind neighbour. I have made several modifications to the front end using parts not included in the Number 4 set of that time. The main modifications being the steering and fitting a front mudguard. The original model was steered using cord. This prevented the model running in circles as it had a tendency to want to go in a straight line. I have used a worm and 19 tooth pinion directly mounted on the top of the front forks. Its great fun to watch it whirring along driven by a Meccano No. 1 clockwork motor and is a pleasing little model.
The model is based on a Tricycle van, a type of vehicle built in Britain primarily during the 1930's. These small light vans had the front end of a motor bike, the engine was alongside the driver with chain drive to the rear wheels. Manufacturers included B.S.A., Raleigh and Reliant amongst others. The Reliant shown above, had a more powerful engine based on that used in the Austin 7. They had a big tax advantage for the small trader as they were classified as a motor cycle and could be driven by a person holding a motor cycle licence.
1954 3a manual instructions are shown below . This was a
modified model from an earlier version in the post -war No. 4 manual and was revised to use the then new
triangular plates included in the set.
Revised March 10 2016